It’s midnight on the Las Vegas Strip and the night is really just beginning.
Throngs of tourists, who emptied out of late-night shows, take seats at slot machines and blackjack tables. Well-dressed hipsters line up at the doors of the city’s hottest nightspots. Couples jam coffee shops for a midnight snack.
The bewitching hour in Las Vegas may be unlike that in any other city. After all, Vegas built its reputation as a 24-hour town.
But the Strip isn’t the only place that sees action in the wee hours of the morning.
To get a taste of what goes on elsewhere in a city that never sleeps, we sent eight reporters to a variety of locations — bowling alley, hotel lounge, bus station, hospital emergency room, Fremont Street, wedding chapel, poker room and grocery store — to record events at midnight on a recent Friday.